Diversity Development Committee
The Diversity Development Committee is charged with keeping the Association engaged with issues and activities relevant to equity, diversity and inclusion. It meets during the annual conference and is open to any interested member of the Association willing to commit time and energy to achieving committee goals during the year.
Diversity Development Committee Members, 2021
Audra McQuarie, Vice President of Diversity Development
Audra McQuarie is the Registrar at University of Phoenix and has assumed this role since 2008. With over 19 years of experience with University of Phoenix, she has had the opportunity to serve in various leadership roles at both the local campuses and central university administrative offices. As Vice President, Registrar at University of Phoenix she has made her focus on process efficiencies that enhance the student experience, and these efforts have resulted in the University being recognized with two process excellence awards by the Southwest Alliance for Excellence for the Registrar’s Office degree conferral and quality control processes. Audra is actively involved in the higher education community speaking at conferences and serving on various committees for the Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars, Admissions Officers and American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and National Student Clearinghouse. She also serves on the PACRAO Board as the Vice President of Diversity Development and is a member and mentor of the Phoenix Women Rising Employee Resource Group which creates awareness to women's issues and encourages empowerment and growth. Audra holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from The University of Arizona and a Master of Educational Counseling in Human Relations from Northern Arizona University.
Les Apouchtine works as Associate Registrar, Records & Systems, at Vancouver Community College (VCC) in Canada. In the last ten years, Les has held several different positions in the Registrar's Office at Langara College and now VCC. In addition to overseeing staff in student records, scheduling and transfer credit, at any given time he is busy working on several differerent projects like testing software upgrades, cleaning up data, or planning Convocation. Les is also a member of the Local Arrangements Committee with PACRAO, and is taking part in PACRAO's Leadership Development Institute. He recently started a Masters in Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership program.
Patty Michelsen is the Associate Registrar in the Office of the University Registrar at Chapman University in Orange, CA. She oversees Academic Programs and Articulation. Patty has worked in higher education for eighteen years in various roles within the registrar realm, and has been with Chapman since October 2012. She also serves as a liaison for the Office of the University Registrar on the GE Committee which reviews student petitions and syllabi provided by faculty for GE consideration. Additionally, she is a member of the Latinx Staff and Faculty Forum which provides support to Latinx students, staff and faculty by developing connections and building a bridge between students, parents, alumni, community organizations, and the Chapman community. Her first-gen status and work in the Latinx Forum at Chapman spurred her desire to be part of the PACRAO Diversity Committee where she hopes to foster a sense of inclusion.
Patty was born and raised in Los Angeles, surrounded by public transportation. Her environment created an interest in urban transportation and ultimately led to her Master's in Geography with a focus in GIS as well as her love of all things map-related.
Ruth GarayRuth Garay is the Progression and Completion Coordinator at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. UNLV is a dynamic and diverse institution that has undergone several changes in the administration structure. She has been with UNLV since January 2004 and has served the Office of the Registrar in several capacities. In her current role, she coordinates and troubleshoots degree audit and graduation, conducts preliminary analysis of curriculum changes for implementation in PeopleSoft and the catalog using CurricuLog, and assist when needed in maintenance of the transfer evaluation system (TES) and transfer articulation.
As an immigrant from Honduras, and being a first-time first-gen student, she also serves the students by emphasizing inclusive language in policies and advocates for inclusive processes.
Ruth has contributed in PACRAO as a member of the Diversity Development Committee since 2014, and in the PACRAO Executive Board as the Diversity Development Advocate 2015, 2016, and 2017. She has presented on diversity themes in higher education any opportunity she gets.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Organization Management, and is a current candidate for the Masters of Public Administration, all from UNLV.
Kitty CableKatherine Cable spends her working hours as the Registrations Systems Analyst at Southern Oregon University, which means she's equal parts archivist and doer of things that defy categorization. She comes to higher education from what could easily be called a variety of career choices in her past, including Emergency Medicine, Search and Rescue, a term in the Marines as a linguist, and a number of other odds and ends. She received her bachelor's degree in Emerging Media and Digital Art from Southern Oregon University.
Katherine serves on SOU's Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee, Veteran's and Military Connected Student Task Force, Bias Response Team and Equity Grievance Panels. Throughout her three years in Higher Education, she's given talks at OrACRAO and PACRAO on the topic of transgender staff, self-care, and Clearinghouse Enrollment Reporting.
She spends her off hours as an independent filmmaker, transgender activist and community volunteer, helping students with matters surrounding gender transition and LGBTQ+ support.
Crystal Ego works as a Student Services Specialist for the Curriculum and Scheduling team at Stanford University. Crystal started off at the University with the Office of Development, then found her way to the Registrar office where she been for the last 4 years. Crystal has her BA in Business Administration and a Master’s in Human Resources. Crystal successfully launched the SSO shadowing program at Stanford. This program helped create learning opportunities for her team and fellow Student Services Officer who manage the scheduling for their department.
Crystal attended her first PACRAO conference in 2019 and was blown away! Immediately she wanted to be involved. Crystal is a part of the Diversity Committee and also the N&E Committee as well.
Andres Moreno Benito
Andres Moreno Benito is the Associate Director of Admissions at Central Washington University. He has worked in higher education for over twelve years in various capacities in recruitment and outreach. In his current role to support diversity, inclusion and access recruitment, Andres is responsible for working with internal and external stakeholders to collaborate, guide, and support efforts geared driving enrollment of Traditionally Underrepresented Student Groups (TUSG's) at CWU. Andres received his Bachelor's degree from Central Washington University and was raised in Yakima, WA, but born in Mexico. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and strumming his guitar.
Kristi Longstreet is a Policy Analyst within the Registrar's Office at University of Phoenix and has gained experience in various roles since she began working at the University in 2008. In 2016, Kristi joined the women’s employee resource group (ERG) and took on the role as Communications Director. The Phoenix Women Rising ERG brings awareness to women's issues, creates a network of support and development, and empowers women to break through the glass ceiling. Her current ERG role as Lead and Unified ERG Strategist has given her the opportunity to work closely with the University’s additional four ERG’s (African American, LGBTQ+, Hispanic/Latinx, and Veterans). Kristi was most recently accepted into the SHE Leads! 2021 class hosted by the Arizona Foundation for Women to advance in leadership development as well as fundraise for local non-profit organizations to advance the safety, health and economic empowerment of Arizona women. Kristi has bachelor’s degrees in business and communications. Additionally, she has a Master of Arts in Education focusing on adult education and training and a Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in industrial organizational psychology, all from the University of Phoenix.
Devin Andrews is the Vice President of Admissions and Evaluation at the University of Phoenix, a position she has held since 2015. With a passion for helping adult learners achieve their educational goals, she first entered the University in 1999 as an Academic Counselor and has since held several administrative and executive positions. She is also the founding lead and current executive sponsor for the University's Phoenix Women Rising employee resource group. Devin also engages in the broader higher education community through presentations, articles, and participation in committees for the Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from University of Arizona and a Master of Arts in Education from University of Phoenix.